Friday 30 March 2012

Springtime cards ..............

Ribbon Girl are sponsoring this weeks challenge over at Just Magnolia and hAnglar sTanglar with a £10 gift voucher - the theme is Spring and this is my guest DT card.  I coloured the cute image in with copics. Tulips are my favourite springtime flower and they are featured on the background paper - Springtime by Pion which I got from my friend Jean

I added a doohickey Magnolia swirl, and a cuttlebug corner all cut from green card plus peach coloured pearls from stash, 32mm cream vintage style fine cluny lace and peach seam binding ribbon. The lace, ribbon and stickles are from here.  The mulberry flowers are tangerine pretty blossoms from here plus other flowers from WOC, and the leaves are punched with my very useful MS punch! I added a touch of stardust stickles to the flowers for extra springtime sparkle!

Andrea made this gorgeous card - it's so elegant and it actually folds flat for posting! She embellished her card with 38mm cream guipure lace, Zva crystal swirls, pretty blossom flowers, 38mm satin band sheer ribbon and leaf pins.  Her favourite embellishment at the moment is Liquid Pearls - she puts them on to everything and I must say they do finish off cards beautifully.  All of the ribbons flowers, crystal flourishes, lace, and the liquid pearls are available from the Ribbon Girl online store
So ladies - you've still got a couple of days to enter the Ribbon Girl colour challenge and a whole week to enter the Just Magnolia & HS challenge - so get crafting  - and with the Easter holiday starting tonight we are hoping to spend many happy hours crafting (and eating the odd chocolate egg - I'ver had no chocolate or butter since Lent began and I've almost forgotten what it tastes like! NOT :)

See you soon, Mary G x

Thursday 29 March 2012

Zva crystal flourishes back in stock - some baby tag comforters ... and still time to enter our colour challenge ...

You've still got time to enter your project into the Ribbon Girl colour challenge (aqua and white) which doesn't close until this coming Saturday evening - so get crafting and you could win a lovely aqua mini ribbon kit plus a £10 voucher for the Lili of the Valley online store - and they've got a new release of stamps out - so what are you waiting for!!

Have you seen the new diamante heart and round buckle slides - they are really sparkly and will enhance your cards and wedding invitations!

Ribbon Girl now have the Zva Creative small clear crystal and the small pearl flourishes back in stock - they have been very popular and are very reasonably priced

A regular customer of ours, Mandy, sent us these lovely photos of baby tag comforters she has made using satin ribbon, thanks Mandy!

We'll be back on Sunday with the winner of our colour challenge!
Mary and Andrea x

Thursday 22 March 2012

Birthday lace Winner ...... and Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge ....

The winner of Marys' birthday giveaway of a cute felt bag and 16 metres of fabulous lace including cotton, guipure and fine vintage style cluny laces is
send me your details Sherry so we can mail your prize
and it was such fun reading all your comments ladies - wow,  we can see you all love lace and there's a fabulous selection for sale over at the Ribbon Girl online store.
Here is more inspiration from our mega talented Design Team - all of the products they used are available here    -   the Ribbon Girl colour challenge remains open for another full week so you've plenty of time to enter:

By Vicky (edited to add: Vicky I'm sooooooo sorry, I missed off your fab card - I've smacked my wrist, Mary G)
Vicky used silver and gold star pins, turquoise twill stripe and chocolate button twine)

By Jo (who used vintage ecru lace, round head pins, seam binding, mulberry flowers, pom pom trim, top stitch thread, pearl and polka dot button)
By Lucy for her gorgeous baby girl Lily
(Rose Pink Small Check Gingham, 25mm No 2 Berisford Pink Satin Ribbon, 15mm No 78 Berisford Aqua Satin Ribbon, Pinky Peach Taffeta, 16mm Baby Pink Grosgrain Ribbon) - isn't it amazing what you can make with those little pieces of ribbon you would normally bin!


By Mandy (Flower Pins, Wool Felt, Pink Gutterman Top Stitch Thread)

Andrea and I are really looking forward to our visit to the NEC on Saturday when we are meeting up with our teamies Kath, Dawny P, Jacqui and Guest DTeamie Jane - plus those lovely ladies from Lily of the Valley - can't wait girls!!

Mary and Andrea  x

Sunday 18 March 2012

March Colour Challenge ...

Hello, here we are with another Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge for March

Our challenge this month is to create a new project following the colour theme of Aqua and White and we have two fabulous prizes:   The first prize is from the Ribbon Girl - it is a lovely Aqua Ribbon Kit

and we are so lucky to have our friends over at Lili Of The Valley sponsoring our challenge with a fabulous £10 gift voucher to spend in the LOTV online store

As well as the actual prizes, the DT will choose the Top Three entries and they can display the 'I made top three at the Ribbon Girl' badge on their blog.  Before we show you the fabulous creations from the Ribbon Girl Design Team, we wanted to share this inspiration photograph - we would love some of that beautiful blue sea but sadly the North Sea is grey and cold up here in Newcastle, it's nice to dream though?


We are delighted to introduce  Pat Frank who lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA as our Guest Designer for this challenge
All About Pat:
I am "Gramma Pat" to 5 fabulous grandkiddos...4 girls and one boy...ranging in age from 5 to 13. I've been seriously card-making for just over two years.  I knit and crochet, a bit...but only make things that are blankets and throws! hehe! Anything that I have to piece together, forget it!! Oh...and I own TWO sewing machines...but can't remember how to thread them, let alone sew! But learning to sew is on my "to do" list since I love the look of stitching on cards!!    I worked as a Neonatal (NICU) Nurse and as an Educator/Consultant in nursing for 30+ years and now, thanks to my incredibly wonderful and supportive husband, I have just recently "retired" from nursing and am a SAHC!! (Stay at home CRAFTER!)
Favourite colour combination?   Pink and greenFavourite type of embellishment?  Ribbons and FlowersAre you tidy or messy?  I have my own craft room which is being re-decorated and I am definitely messy but that will improve once my new craft storage furniture is in place!How long have you been crafting for?  My whole life!Do you listen to music whilst you are crafting?  Smooth Jazz 24/7Pat's blog and her Etsy shop
and here is Pat's gorgeous card  (flat lace, seam binding, turquoise hat pins, mulberry flowers) and the rest of the Design Team projects

By Andrea (20mm cotton lace, Zva clear crystal swirl, saddlestitch ribbon)

by Mary (charm, twill stripe, aqua crazy mesh, Divine Twine)

By Kath (seam binding, striped buttons, fine cluny lace)

Tab (To make this beautiful brooch Tab used twill stripe, striped and spotted buttons, saddlestitch ribbons, wool felt, satin ribbon, tiny ric rac and cotton lace)

by Tiets (cotton lace, openweave ribbon, dewdrops, mulberry flowers and rose leaves, aqua crazy mesh)

 by Lucy (tiny ric rac)


Claudia made this beatiful card and used white cotton zig zag lace, organza ribbon, natural button twine and mulberry pretty blossoms - isn't her colouring amazing!!

By Jacqui (Jacqui does fabulous colouring too, and this card is no exception - she used pale blue silk ribbon, a shiny heart charm, ivory button twine and a small polka dot button

By Jane (Jane used a Zva pearl flourish, guipure lace and Stardust Stickles and top stitching thread - those butterflies are just gorgeousd Jane!)

By Gail (wow - perfect pears - Gail used twill stripe ribbon, leaf pins, heart pins, pearl buttons, tiny pom pom trim, cotton cluny  lace, and wool felt for those amazing leaves!)

Mandy made a gorgeous Mothers Day heart and decorated it with satin ribbon, pearl button mixture, wool felt (die cut butterflies) , round pins and hat pins

Dawny P created this very pretty card and used mulberry flowers, aqua openweave ribbon, little striped buttons, ivory button twine and baby blue Liquid Pearls to great effect!


Our usual rules apply - make a new project for the challenge, please don't link to older projects as you won't be entered into the draw for the prizes and follow the colour theme for the month.  Link to your project using the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post and the challenge will close on Saturday March 31st at 9PM (UK time)

Thursday 15 March 2012

Don't miss this beautiful birthday giveaway ....

Mary is celebrating her birthday with a beautiful giveaway - you could win this fun, felt, flower-festooned bag full of cotton, guipure and vintage style fine cluny lace in white, cream and black - a mega sixteen metres !! just think how many cards you could decorate! 

All of the lace in The Ribbon Girl online store is of the very best quality and looks beautiful whether used on wedding invitations and stationery, cards, scrapbook pages, dolls clothes, lingerie, bed linen, baby clothes, accessories for the home, ornaments and all types of craft and sewing projects
Just leave her a comment (on Mary's blog and not on this blog!!) and tell her how you would use the lace - the give away will close in 7 days time on Thursday 22nd March and one winner will be picked at random - good luck!

Visit Mary's blog to enter the challenge!

Good luck everyone!

Monday 5 March 2012

Colour Challenge No 16 winner is ...................

The winner of the Ribbon Girl Pink and Brown Colour Challenge as chosen by is
Number 71 - that's you Teresa
please contact us with your details so we can mail your prize and arrange for your £10 gift voucher to be sent from the very generous girls over at Lili of the Valley!!  (just in time - they've just got more stock of their new release stamps)

The top three in no particular order are
Tamara M   
 Sue W  
Please take your 'I Was Top 3 at the Ribbon Girl' badge from the side panel
and last, but not least we're pleased to announce that the last remaining mouse has been won by
number 37

Lou Mac!!

Please email us with your details and we'll post off the little mouse as soon as possible!
and to finish, here are some lovely cards which we weren't able to include in the colour challenge DT projects:

Jo cream cluny lace and pink flowers - what a pretty combination!

pretty grosgrain and mulberry roses

gorguss seam binding!

and from Claudia - the beige pencil stripe ribbon is so pretty

and from Vicky - gorgeous felt flower!

We'll be back soon with a little give away which will include some of the new striped buttons and  some gorgeous vintage style lace!
See you soon Mary and Andrea x